Out Now – 2nd September 2011

A huge number of films out today and we have yet to see a single one. For shame. Still, we’re here to Google them so you don’t have to.

Fright Night
This remake of a classic horror remembered and beloved by almost no one is getting pretty mediocre reviews. Fans of David Tennant may enjoy his camp turn, but for most the lack of new ideas makes this vampire film a little underwhelming.

Apollo 18
A found footage horror film set in space! I’d rather see Kill List.

The Art of Getting By
The adorable kid from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has grown up and started kissing Emma Roberts. Two teens fall in love and share some angst. A familiar genre that can be wonderful but can easily fail too. See It’s Kind of a Funny Story.

Attenberg (limited release)
Extremely stylised Greek film about a woman exploring her sexuality. It’ll be a difficult watch but there’s guaranteed nudity, your choice.

The Hedgehog (limited release)
A French girl decides to kill herself on her twelfth birthday. She then makes some unlikely friendships (as per usual) and presumably finds a reason to live. Also, a hedgehog.

Kill List (limited release)
This British horror has a huge buzz about it after its premiere last weekend. The less you know the better and I know absolutely nothing. Bring. It. On.

Days of Heaven (limited release)
Re-release of a classic bit of Terrence Malick about a laborer who convinces his lover to marry their dying boss.

Self Made (limited release)
The result of an art project in which members of the public become performers. Read more about it here. There’s far too much to paste in here.

3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy (limited release)
If you fancy seeing soft-core porn on the big screen AND in 3D then you are finally going to be satisfied. Plus thanks to BBFC cuts those pesky rape scenes are now just regular sex scenes. Phew!

Robotropolis (limited release)
Reporters visit a miscellaneous facility manned completely by robots. In a tired trope fresh twist the robots turn against the humans.

Weekender (limited release)
The rave scene in Manchester in the 90s. Plot, characters and a conclusion. I have nothing more to give!

The Dead (London only)
British zombie film. End of.

Out Now – 7th January 2010

You are in for a treat this weekend as at least one great film is out. In fact I wouldn’t be too surprised to see it appear in the best films of 2011 list.

127 Hours
Danny Boyle is back and this time it’s not so much personal, more a man trapped by a rock who ends up cutting his arm off. Medical advice during the amputation scene is to breathe steadily and deeply, or you might faint. Though you’ll probably be OK if you’ve seen Piranha.

It’s Kind Of A Funny Story
Winning our award for biggest disappointment at the London Film Festival and a pretty dismal review too this is one film with a very flattering trailer that will get your hopes up. A teen checks himself into a psychiatric ward and learns that life ain’t that bad. Obviously.

Season Of The Witch
Nicholas Cage continues to make an idiot of himself playing a 14th Century knight escorting a witch who could be the source of the black plague. Ugh.

The King’s Speech
From the biggest disappointment to the biggest surprise, in short we loved this film. Firth and Rush are wonderful in a film that makes the monarchy a bit more human.

Abel (limited release)
“About a peculiar young boy who, as he blurs reality and fantasy, takes over the responsibilities of a family man in his father’s absence.”

Amer (limited release)
“Bold, striking and seductive, this image-led, dialogue-light instant masterpiece appropriates the visual and aural cues of classic ‘gialli’ (Italian murder-mysteries often infused with sexual obsession and psychedelic effects) to create a unique work of art that’s both dazzling thriller and detailed meditation on an entire genre.” Blimey, and it’s only on at the ICA in London, which says everything really.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story – Review

I was looking forward to It’s Kind of a Funny Story, it looked like a funny heartwarming tale about people in a psychiatirc hospital possibly with an indie soundtrack, but it let me down and fell pretty flat.

The main problem is the main character Craig played by Keir Gilchrist, he is supposed to be depressed and suicidal but going by everything we’re shown he seems perfectly fine. This completely deflates the entire plot as he ends up completely fine too having no development at all, apart from discovering a love for making quite unimpressive paintings.

The film also features too may twee cutaways, far too deliberate efforts to make the film “quirky” that just come off as desperate. These include a pointless animated sequences and a glam rock music video for the entire duration of a lip-syncing performance of Under Pressure.

While Craig may be a dull character, some of the other patients provide much more intrigue. Both Emma Robert’s Noelle and Zach Galifianakis’ Bobby are interesting, fragile characters whose journeys inside the hospital would have been much better subjects for the film.

It has its moments but it a deeply flawed and overly self-conscious film.